From Saturday Night – Philadelphia Soulmates Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio and Arena Bowl XXVI Dream Team Member Soulmate Christina
Our good friend, and former Philadelphia Soulmate, Lindsay Rodolico held a dance workshop last month. The event featured two classes: one fro adults and one for those under 17. Current and former Soulmates and former Eagles Cheerleaders were just some of those in attendance.
The “NET10 Wireless Dream Team” is composed of one dancer from each AFL team who will perform at ArenaBowl XXVI in Orlando. The Dream Team will also make a variety of event appearances during ArenaBowl Championship Week.
Esposito served as the 2012 NET10 Dream Team Director and Choreographer for ArenaBowl XXV in New Orleans as well.
“I felt that we were really prepared last year and the total experience was super exciting and the girls did a really great job,” Esposito said. “I think that this year we can do that as well.”
Esposito began dancing with the Chicago Rush in their inaugural season in 2001. She was named Captain of the squad in 2002 and spent 2004-2006 as the Head Captain. In 2007, Esposito was promoted to Assistant Director and in 2009, she became the team’s Coach and Choreographer. She also spent four seasons (1999-2003) with the Chicago Luvabulls, the Chicago Bulls dance team.
Esposito also has experience as a Dream Team dancer, having been selected to the squad during her time as a dancer for the Rush. The opportunity has been a contributing factor to her knowledge and success as a director.
“I’ve danced on the Dream Team so I kind of knew what to expect but at the same time I knew going into it that it was going to be a whole new adventure as a director,” Esposito said. “I think it’s important to allow the girls to form a bond through this experience because even though we are not on the same team, we are still a part of the same AFL family.”
As both a director and former dancer, Esposito recognizes the important role the Dream Team provides to the ArenaBowl experience.
“What would a football game be without cheerleaders and dancers on the sidelines?” Esposito said. “I think it’s a part of sports in American culture to have them there and I think they provide an added boost to the overall game day experience.”
ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 p.m. ET.
The Orlando Predators came into the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday and beat the Storm 55-48. The all time series record now stands at 26-26 between these fierce intrastate rivals. The national televised game was tight all night and turned on a controversial instant replay reversal of a Storm interception touchdown in the final minute of play.
The Storm cheerleaders did their job by keeping the fans up and cheering all evening. The dancers are again led by Director Kindra Ebanks and many of the girls honed their talents at the University of South Florida and/or the University of Tampa. In addition to cheer/dance, the girls also support community initiatives both locally and at MacDill Airforce base.
Arena football is very fast paced, action packed, fan friendly and family affordable. Come on out to a game. The Arena Bowl Championship will be in Orlando this year.
Enjoy the photos:
Rookies Philippa and Theresa, both University of South Florida co-eds.
Co-captain Stephanie, USF, works as Designer.
Jalyssa, Rachel, Stephanie, Shani, Alexandra and Philippa.
Co-captain Savenah, graduates USF this year.
Brittany, Salina, Savenah, Theresa, Bre, Lexxie and Shaniqua.
Rachel, Philippa, Alexandra, Jalyssa and Bubba.
Shaniqua cheered for the Bucs in 2010. Jalyssa does dance and modeling. Both USF gals.
A disappointing loss the for the Soul last Saturday, but the Soulmates never disappoint!
Soulmates Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio with former Soulmates Lisa and Becky
Diana is wearing an autorgaphed Soul player jersey that was auctioned off to support Northern Children’s Charities.
Working promotions tonight Kayla and Rebecca. Sharp readers will notice Rebecca’s hair is lighter this week.
Soulmates on the concourse with former Director Marla Viturello and family.
Gabby says she has never had a sunburn
On May 18th the Philadelphia Soulmates brought out the orange poms to promote COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) Awareness.
Rebecca wearing a COPD Awareness orange ribbon.
Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio with former Soulmate and tonight’s guest choreographer Lindsay Rodolico.
Christina arrives by motorocycle.
2013 Philadelphia Soulmates
The polls have opened for the 2013 Arena Bowl Dream Team voting. Fans have a chance to help select the Dream Team Dancer for each of the 14 AFL teams.
Brittany of the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders
Shelby of the Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders
See all the candidates from all the teams and Cast your vote here.
Soulmates take the field!
Diana and Christina
Left to Right:
Former Soulmates Director and Eagles Pro Bowl Cheerleader Marla Viturello
Current Soulmates Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio
Former Soulmate Beth
Former Soulmate Dream Team Representative Kat
Marla and Kate were guest choreographers for the game
The Philadelphia Soulmates made their regular season debut on April 20th with a new look and a new choreographer.
Sam shows off the new uniform top.
Captains Christina and Wendy
2013 Philadelphia Soulmates
Choreographer Michelle Sulpizio (right) with game day assistant and long-time Soulmate Stephanie
Kayla is a former member of the NY Jets Flight Crew
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